Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has appealed to Nigerians not to label the attack on him as political, saying it was beyond partisan politics.
Ortom, who narrated his story on how he was ambushed and shot in his farm on Saturday by 15 herdsmen dressed in black, and escaped by running a distance of about 1.5 kilometers.
Speaking with journalists after a state security council meeting at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House, Makurdi, on Monday, the Governor said that he was not the first Governor to be attacked recently.
The Borno State Governor, who is an APC governor, was once attacked. It is me today; it may be another person tomorrow. Ortom said.
“What we need is that all of us should join hands together to stop this because our country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder and we should avoid anything that can make it explode.
“Even when this thing happened, there were patriotic Fulani men who called, so it is beyond partisan politics because any life lost can never be restored.”
Gov. Ortom said he was waiting to be called upon by the team investigating the attack, and he also applauded the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, for the decision to investigate the matter.
“This was not the first time the Fulani Nationality Movement would threaten me and carry out the threat. He noted.
“In 2018 when 73 people were killed, FUNAM claimed responsibility. When people were killed in June same year in Plateau, FUNAM came out and claimed responsibility, and now they have claimed responsibility.
“Two weeks ago, Miyetti Allah Kataore held a meeting in Yola and singled me out as the one creating problems for the Fulani race in Nigeria and I am not against anyone. Many of them live happily in Benue and are doing their legitimate business,” Ortom said.